I was reading in New Scientist this morning and came across a maddening contradiction:
In "You may scoff..." by Emma Young, about dieting, I read... "Unfortunately we don't all have the self-discipline and determination it takes to cut back on the cake and hit the gym." Yes! I screamed. She said it was about cake. Finally, in the mainstream we are talking about how carbs - and particularly the flour and sugar delivered in a piece of cake - are the problem... Then later, "The mice (put under stress) went on to choose more high-fat food..." So, what's the problem with that! I screamed at the magazine. It said nothing back...maybe that's why it was so maddening...
What's your example of where you finally thought the mainstream had got something important, only to have your hopes dashed against the rocks of conventional wisdom?
I hate when the yogurt commercials are like OMG THESE ARE LOW FAT AND 100 CALORIES OR LESS and then they have the fine print at the bottom of the screen that says "some varieties are 110 calories" as if this makes any difference at all.
Re: fats, I'm sad/angry that the majority of foods I would like to enjoy/partake are marked as "low fat" "skim milk" "lite" "fat free" etc. Those things have next to no taste & if they do, it's such a false "chemical" taste, it's not worth it.
"Organic" (is a big laugh - not fully defined/regulated, has diff. meanings depending on the food/manufacturer/etc.).
"less processed" or "minimally processed" - so this one's jumping on the bandwagon, which is cool, except it's STILL processed! Duh!
I'll second the popular "Dr's" on tv & how this week they say one thing & next week it'll be something totally opposite. I gave up yrs ago trying to figure it out - b/c there's nothing I could eat/drink/do/have/etc w/o "dying" from it... so I'd rather just be dying b/c I'm alive than from worry about whatever info they're selling.
My biggest pet peeve & how customers CHOOSE to remain ignorant & buy into these "selling points" & believe (brainwashed?) into thinking they're feeding their bodies in a healthy/nutritious manner.
"New and improved." How can it be both? They just assume I am an idiot.
"The more you spend, the more you save." Nope, just saving less. Again, I must be an idiot.
"It's on sale every day." Okay, again, duh! (If it's every day, it's the regular price, not a "sale" price.)
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